Currently Being ModeratedDec 28, 2012 11:10 PM (in response to suziefrompalm desert)
Not to alarm you, but it does seem somebody got nto your Mac Remotely.
Disconnect from the Internet & try reinstaliling the OS... can you afford to erase & install?
Do you have backups?
ClamXAV, free Virus scanner...
Little Snitch, stops/alerts outgoing stuff...
Currently Being ModeratedDec 29, 2012 2:47 AM (in response to suziefrompalm desert)
Open System Preferences->Sharing and make certain no service is checked as on, unless it's something you need.
If you are on a WiFi network, is it protected by a strong WPA2 password?
I am not aware of any OS X malware that would allow such access to your computer. All the remote access software is either commercial or hacks that require physical or network access to your mac. MacScan from SecureMac is probably the best at detecting such "spyware" but it also produces false alarms, so make sure anything it finds is what it says it is and not something you need.
I also endorse and use Little Snitch as an outgoing firewall, but it's a bit of a PITA to clear all the legitimate processes.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 29, 2012 1:38 PM (in response to BDAqua)
OMG! LiL Snitch was one of the software programs that I found listed in the Guest account previously that had been totally reset, so much so that I couldn't figure out what it was doing and uninstalled it, even though I still have over 6 months of the paid subscription left. Tried installing the clamshell scanning program and 2 pop ups stating that 2 of the files were uninstallible. Also for some reason I cannot find the Library File in my finder App? I just got this G4 Power Mac to try and fix my IMac from but it appears it too has been hacked. that makes it 12 devices I no longer own!! Two G4 Towers, one MacBook, my newer IMac, and 5 XP Pro desk tops. Oh yeah and it looks like they are also in control of my Black Berry, but not too sure about that. I have gone round and round with Verizon as I can see the activity on the modem/router that is clearly not mine.
They swear I am not hacked but I am not able to see, or set the firewall settings on my modem/router that they charged me full price for. I am currently taking them to arbitration via FCC since they refuse to answer my basic and I think valid questions regarding my DSL Broadband account, and my Wireless Cell account, both of which are Business Accounts! I would switch but they have not allowed me full access to my verified domain name and between securing it, and having access to my account until I can trace this all down I'm afraid to close it as then I will have NO access.
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Currently Being ModeratedDec 29, 2012 1:47 PM (in response to suziefrompalm desert)
suziefrompalm desert wrote:
Tried installing the clamshell scanning program and 2 pop ups stating that 2 of the files were uninstallible.
Assuming you mean ClamXav, you can get assistance at the ClamXav Forum.
Also for some reason I cannot find the Library File in my finder App?
That's a new "feature" of OS X. Hold down the option key and select it from the Finder's "Go" menu.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 29, 2012 1:56 PM (in response to suziefrompalm desert)
Just had another thought. Download IP Scanner from 10base-t interactive, a free for small networks use utility that will show you the IP and MAC addresses of all the devices currently on your network. Over time it will show devices that have joined but are not currently. In many cases it will even be able to identify the type of machine and what user is logged on.